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Congress Expels George Santos. Who’s Next?
  + stars: | 2023-12-03 | by ( The Editorial Board | )   time to read: +1 min
Instead he went to Congress. On Friday the House expelled the indicted New Yorker, but however bad Mr. Santos’s conduct, it’s a worrying precedent for a polarized age. Mr. Santos faces 23 federal charges, including fraud and identity theft. Yet he has pleaded not guilty, and even politicians get a presumption of innocence. Before Friday’s expulsion, which passed 311-114, only five people in history had been booted by the House.
Persons: Travis Kelce, Taylor Swift, Mark Kelly George Santos, Santos’s, it’s, Santos Organizations: New Yorker Locations: America
Israel says it uncovered 800 shafts to Hamas tunnels below Gaza
  + stars: | 2023-12-03 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
[1/4] An Israeli soldier walks through a tunnel underneath Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, amid the ongoing ground operation of the Israeli army against Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in the northern Gaza Strip, November 22, 2023. The Palestinian Islamist group said before the now eight-week-old war in the Gaza Strip that it had hundreds of kilometres of tunnels - a network comparable in size to the New York subway system - to protect and serve as operational bases. "The tunnel shafts were located in civilian areas, many of which were near or inside civilian buildings and structures, such as schools, kindergartens, mosques and playgrounds," the military said in a statement on Sunday. The statement, summarising anti-tunnel operations so far, followed near-daily accounts to the media by troops who said they uncovered access shafts in civilian sites. Of some 800 shafts discovered, the military said, 500 had been destroyed using a variety of operational methods, including by "detonation and by sealing off".
Persons: Ronen, Ari Rabinovitch, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Palestinian, Hamas, REUTERS, Rights, New, Thomson Locations: Israeli, Al Shifa, Gaza City, Gaza, Palestinian, Washington, Israel
Similar legal challenges have been filed in the five remaining states: California, Connecticut, Maine, New York and West Virginia. A few childhood vaccines, including those that protect against chickenpox and rubella, were developed with cells obtained from aborted fetuses in the early 1960s. The legal push comes as childhood vaccine exemptions have reached a new high in the United States, according to a report released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Idaho had the highest rate of exemptions, at 12.1 percent, while West Virginia had the lowest, at less than one-tenth of 1 percent. A broad majority of Americans continue to believe in the value of childhood vaccines.
Organizations: Centers for Disease Control, Pew Research Center Locations: Mississippi, California , Connecticut, Maine , New York, West Virginia, United States, Idaho
Plug Power shares have slipped 63% this year, Enphase Energy shares have plunged 60%, SolarEdge Technologies shares have declined 71% and NextEra Energy shares have slid 29%. Yet clean energy stocks haven’t recovered, despite hopes that an influx of US government spending on climate solutions would help revive the sector. The culprit behind clean energy stocks’ poor returns? Krull sees the current rut in clean energy stocks as a buying opportunity for investors. Clean energy stocks also aren’t the only way investors are putting their cash to work with a sustainability mindset.
Persons: Biden, Todd Jones, Jean Rosenbaum, Andrew Poreda, That’s, Peter Krull, Krull, ” Krull Organizations: New, New York CNN, Clean Energy, Enphase Energy, SolarEdge Technologies, NextEra Energy, Bank of America, Federal Reserve, Gratus Capital, Sage Advisory, Earth Equity Advisors, Nvidia Locations: New York, Paris
Both children received help through telehealth therapy, a service that schools around the country are offering in response to soaring mental health struggles among American youth. The growth reflects a booming new business born from America’s youth mental health crisis, which has proven so lucrative that venture capitalists are funding a new crop of school teletherapy companies. For rural schools and lower-income students in particular, it has made therapy easier to access. Schools let students connect with online counselors during the school day or after hours from home. It now employs more than 300 clinicians providing teletherapy in over 150 school districts in 15 states.
Persons: Maria Ishoo’s, Valerie Aguirre’s, , Ishoo, , ” Ishoo, Trish Wilson, that’s, Wilson, Doreen Hogans, Kevin Dahill, Hazel, Josh Golomb, Prince George’s, Golomb, ” Golomb, Ashwin Vasan, ” Vasan, Fern Yoshida, Valerie Aguirre's, Aguirre, teletherapy, ” Aguirre, , Sharon Lurye Organizations: Associated Press, Schools, Hazel Health, Hazel, Los, Clark County, Dade, Press, Carnegie Corporation of New, AP Locations: California, Hawaii, Lancaster , California, Lancaster, Prince George’s County , Maryland, San Francisco, Los Angeles County, Clark, Las Vegas, Miami, Houston, New York City, New York, Maui, Carnegie Corporation of New York
Don, 43, is a self-made millionaire who used to place immense pressure on himself to earn more money. He's now focusing on other things in his life, like his kids, that bring him more happiness than wealth ever could. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . Advertisement'You need the humility that it can be taken away from you'Don said his upbringing largely influenced the way he now thinks about money and wealth. "So what are those things that you do have in your life that money can't measure?
Persons: Don, , he's, it's, That's Organizations: Service, Federal, New York Federal, Suffolk University Sawyer Business School, USA
While artificial intelligence has taken the limelight over the past year, technology that can appear to operate like human brains has been top of mind for researchers, investors and tech executives in Silicon Valley and beyond for more than a decade. Here are some of the people involved in the origins of the modern A.I. lab that made the chatbot ChatGPT that went viral over the past year and ushered in recognition of the power of generative artificial intelligence. Mr. Altman helped start OpenAI after meeting with Elon Musk about the technology in 2015. At the time, Mr. Altman ran Y Combinator, the Silicon Valley start-up incubator.
Persons: Jim Wilson, New York Times Sam Altman Mr, Altman, San Francisco A.I, Elon Musk Organizations: New York Times, OpenAI, San, Elon Locations: Silicon Valley, San Francisco
Marlon Brando's Rolex GMT-Master was recently sold at Christie's for more than $5 million. Brando's Rolex, which features unique customizations, was sold at Christie's auction house in November for more than $5 million. On November 6, 113 watches from his collection, including the Rolex GMT-Master, were auctioned off for more than $42 million. You can do anything you want to it and it will keep on going," Brando Fischer recalled her father telling her, according to the report. Brando Fischer later gifted the watch to her husband as a wedding present, which would be hidden in their home for years until it was auctioned.
Persons: Marlon Brando's, Brando, , Marlon Brando, Francis Ford, Mohammed Zaman, Zaman, Denis Balibouse, Petra Brando Fischer, Brando Fischer, I'm, Walter E, Kurtz, Petra Organizations: Rolex, Service, Bloomberg, Oscar, Best, New York Times, Phillips, Brown University, Times Locations: Omani, Geneva, Vietnam
I was sitting in my apartment in Beirut on the evening of Oct. 13 when I read that journalists had been struck by a missile attack in southern Lebanon. My close friend, Issam Abdallah, was working in the area as a cameraman for Reuters to cover the border clashes between Israel and Hezbollah after the war in Gaza began just days earlier. I couldn’t remember the last time he let one of my calls go to voice mail. In one video, a journalist for Agence France-Presse lies in a pool of blood, screaming that she can’t feel her legs. A wave of nausea washed over me as I watched rescue workers wrap Issam and his severed leg in a white sheet, his body charred, barely recognizable.
Persons: Issam Abdallah, Issam Organizations: Reuters, Agence France, Presse Locations: Beirut, Lebanon, Israel, Gaza, Ukraine, Syria
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli forces have found 800 shafts leading to Hamas' vast subterranean network of tunnels and bunkers since a Gaza ground operation began on Oct 27, and have destroyed more than half of them, the military said on Sunday. The Palestinian Islamist group said before the now eight-week-old war in the Gaza Strip that it had hundreds of kilometres of tunnels - a network comparable in size to the New York subway system - to protect and serve as operational bases. "The tunnel shafts were located in civilian areas, many of which were near or inside civilian buildings and structures, such as schools, kindergartens, mosques and playgrounds," the military said in a statement on Sunday. The statement, summarising anti-tunnel operations so far, followed near-daily accounts to the media by troops who said they uncovered access shafts in civilian sites. Of some 800 shafts discovered, the military said, 500 had been destroyed using a variety of operational methods, including by "detonation and by sealing off".
Persons: Ari Rabinovitch, Angus MacSwan Organizations: New Locations: JERUSALEM, Gaza, Palestinian, Washington, Israel
The launch of Google's anticipated AI model, Gemini, has been delayed, The Information reported. NEW LOOK Sign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementThe world will have to wait a little longer before we can experience the launch of Google's most complex artificial intelligence model to date. Though already Google has its own generative AI model called Bard, ChatGPT has so far enjoyed stronger consumer awareness — but analysts argue that could change when Gemini finally launches.
Persons: , Gemini, I've, Sissie Hsiao, Google's, Bard, Hsiao, ChatGPT Organizations: Service, Google, Business, Gemini Locations: New York, Washington, California
Under an elevated subway track in Queens, Victor José Hernández was whipping up the pepitos that he had perfected at a street cart in Caracas, Venezuela. Just steps away, an Ecuadorean restaurant now displays a big Venezuelan flag and offers karaoke with Venezuelan love songs. And the line for arepas and cachapas (sweet corn cakes) spills out the door of a Venezuelan cafe. Though New York City was built on immigrant neighborhoods — Chinatown, Curry Hill, Little Italy and Little Haiti, among many others — it has never had a Venezuelan neighborhood. Historically, the city’s Venezuelan population was tiny and overshadowed by much larger Hispanic groups, including Puerto Ricans and Dominicans, immigration experts said.
Persons: Victor José Hernández Organizations: New, Puerto Ricans Locations: Queens, Caracas, Venezuela, Roosevelt, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, Corona, Venezuelan, Little Venezuela, New York City, Curry Hill, Little Italy, Little Haiti
Newsom’s California Tax Whopper
  + stars: | 2023-12-02 | by ( The Editorial Board | )   time to read: 1 min
Journal Editorial Report: Despite denials, the California governor is acting like a candidate. Images: AP/Composite: Mark KellyThursday night’s debate on Fox News between Gavin Newsom and Ron DeSantis was instructive on many levels. While the Florida Governor stressed his superior record on crime, schools and the economy, Mr. Newsom focused on progressive cultural themes. But one of Mr. Newsom’s economic howlers shouldn’t pass without contradiction. But he also asserted that Florida “taxes low-income workers more than we tax millionaires and billionaires in the state of California.”
Persons: Mark Kelly, Gavin Newsom, Ron DeSantis, Newsom, Organizations: Fox News, Florida Governor Locations: California, Florida, New York City
Hours after a Sikh community leader was assassinated by two masked men in the parking lot of his temple in Canada, a senior Indian security officer sent a drug trafficker he knew a video of the blood-covered victim slumped over in his truck. An hour later, he followed that up with the New York address of another Sikh activist he wanted killed. The trafficker got right on it, according to U.S. prosecutors. He passed on the video and other messages to a purported hit man who had already accepted a $15,000 advance payment for the contract killing on U.S. soil, and suggested there could be more such work. “We have so many targets,” he told the hired gun, who he didn’t know was really an undercover U.S. law-enforcement officer.
Persons: , Locations: Canada, Indian, York, U.S
At an off-site in upstate New York last month, during a dinner lasting roughly three hours, Goldman Sachs Chief Executive David Solomon told partners that the firm had made some mistakes with consumer lending. But, he said, the business wasn’t as bad as they thought and they didn’t understand the details. He wouldn’t tolerate partners trash-talking Goldman’s decision to get into consumer lending, he told them. Goldman has known for a while that consumer lending wasn’t really working out, and the bank has been looking for the exits. The tech giant recently sent a proposal to Goldman that would pull the plug on their credit-card partnership, the crown jewel of the business.
Persons: Goldman, David Solomon Organizations: Apple Locations: New York
The Clothes That Unmade George Santos
  + stars: | 2023-12-02 | by ( Jacob Gallagher | )   time to read: 1 min
George Santos exhibited a distinct fashion sense during his months in Congress. Photo: Jabin Botsford/Getty ImagesGeorge Santos knew how to make an exit. “The hell with this place,” the New York Republican declared to a scrum of reporters after his expulsion Friday from the House over allegations that he stole money from his own campaign and committed other misdeeds. He was just the sixth House member expelled and the first who wasn’t a convicted felon or a supporter of the Confederacy.
Persons: George Santos, Jabin Organizations: New York Republican
Banana Republic and J. Crew are brands from a bygone era when safari cargo dresses and jewel-adorned oxfords were smart, chic office wear. Gap Inc. , which owns Banana Republic, has struggled to revive its appeal over the years. Banana Republic's third-quarter sales of $460 million were down 11% year-over-year, and its same-store sales were down 8%. For Banana Republic, that means improving clothing quality and elevating its aesthetic to become a quiet luxury brand .
Persons: , Richard Dickson, Jenna Lyons, Libby Wadle, I'm Organizations: Service, Inc, Banana Republic, New York Times, Times
Rep. George Santos was expelled from Congress in a historic vote on Friday. Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi said he was a "coward" for leaving the House chamber before the vote ended. After leaving the chamber Santos said: "To hell with this place." AdvertisementFormer Speaker Nancy Pelosi called disgraced Rep. George Santos a "coward" after he left the House chamber on Friday before the end of a historic vote to expel him. As Santos left the Capitol on Friday he told a CNN reporter that the vote set a "new dangerous precedent."
Persons: George Santos, Nancy Pelosi, Santos, , Pelosi Organizations: Service, Democratic, Republican, Capitol, CNN, New Locations: New York
But Republicans are thriving on Long Island, and they could win the upcoming special election. AdvertisementRepublican Anne Donnelly won the Nassau County district attorney's race in 2021. Republicans actually have a benchRepublicans in recent years have begun to claw back power across Long Island. Joe Cairo, the chairman of the Nassau County Republican Committee, is currently interviewing roughly 22 individuals for the seat. But Republicans can't be discounted in the district given the current political shifts on Long Island.
Persons: George Santos, , Trump, Joe Biden, they've, Santos, Kathy Hochul, Lee Zeldin, Nick LaLota, Anthony D'Esposito, Andrew Garbarino, Republican Anne Donnelly, Mary Altaffer Zeldin, Robert Zimmerman, Bruce Blakeman, Laura Curran, Sen, Todd Kaminsky, Republican Ed Romaine, Alex Brandon, Joe Cairo, Mazi Melesa, Elaine Phillips, Jack Martins, Mike Sapraicone, Kellen Curry, Tom Suozzi, Hochul, Suozzi, Hakeem Jeffries, Jay Jacobs, Anna Kaplan Organizations: New, Congressional, Service, Republicans, Republican, Gov, Democrat, Republican Long, Hochul, GOP, AP, Democratic, NYPD, Nassau, Nassau County Republican, Air Force, Long Islanders, The New York Times, Nassau County Democratic Party Locations: Long, North Shore, Queens, United States, Nassau, Suffolk, Nassau County, New York State, Mazi Melesa Pilip, New York City, Santos, Glen, Brooklyn
The two companies recently teamed up for the “ABBA Voyage” show in London, in which fans could attend a full concert by the Swedish band — as performed by their digital avatars. He says the band won't be on stage during the virtual performance because “that’s the key thing,” of the future-seeking technology. That’s what you could do with this.”Political Cartoons View All 1277 ImagesIn order to create their digital avatars, who are depicted as a kind of superhero version of the band, Kiss performed in motion capture suits. Aespa, the K-pop girl group, frequently perform alongside their digital avatars — the quartet is meant to be viewed as an octet with digital twins. The band deserves to live on because the band is bigger than we are,” Kiss frontman Paul Stanley said in roundtable interview.
Persons: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer —, George Lucas ’, ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus, , , Kiss, Mark Tuan, , Tuan, we’ve, Paul Organizations: New York, Kiss, Industrial, Pophouse Entertainment, Machines Locations: New, Madison, London, Swedish
John Nichols, a New York City transplant to New Mexico whose exuberant novels, notably “The Milagro Beanfield War,” transformed him from an urban gringo into a local idol, died on Monday at his home in Taos. Imbued with a heady pedigree and a peripatetic upbringing, Mr. Nichols evolved instinctively from a cosmopolitan New Yorker and world traveler to a Western writer of the purple sage. He was best known for “The Milagro Beanfield War” (1974), a 445-page political allegory that tells the story of farmers in the fictional town of Milagro Valley who are denied the right to irrigate their farms because water is being diverted to a huge development. “The Milagro Beanfield War” became a crowd pleaser on college campuses, was venerated in his adopted state, and for a while was considered among the most widely read novels about Latinos. In 1988 it was adapted into a film, directed by Robert Redford and starring Rubén Blades, Christopher Walken and Melanie Griffith.
Persons: John Nichols, , Tania Harris, Nichols, Robert Redford, Rubén Blades, Christopher Walken, Melanie Griffith Organizations: Yorker Locations: New York City, New Mexico, Taos, Western, Milagro
During the Atlantic hurricane season, 20 storms formed, seven of which reached hurricane strength, ​​meaning sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour. Storms that experienced rapid intensification Rapid intensification Atlantic storms Extremely rapid intensification Lee 150 m.p.h. wind speed Hilary Lidia 100 50 0 4 0 6 8 2 10 12 14 16 Days since start of storm Atlantic storms Rapid intensification Extremely rapid intensification Lee 150 m.p.h. Despite its strength, the slightly cooler waters near Mexico’s Baja Peninsula would rapidly weaken Hilary to a tropical storm. The background graphic shows the storm moving from a tropical storm to a Category 5 hurricane before making landfall on Oct. 25.
Persons: El Niño, ” James P, , Kossin, Otis, Hilary Lidia 100, Philip Klotzbach, Klotzbach, Hurricanes Lee, Idalia, Hilary, Hurricane Hilary, , Eric Blake Organizations: Canada New York United States Houston, Canada New York United States, Houston, Canada New York United, Canada New York United States Los, PACIFIC, ATLANTIC, Eastern, OCEAN United, OCEAN United States Los, OCEAN United States Los Angeles Houston mexico Mexico City, Atlantic, University of Wisconsin, El, Pacific, National, Colorado State University, East, Hurricanes, Hurricane, U.S, National Hurricane Center Locations: Canada, Canada New York United States Houston Miami mexico Cuba Mexico, Houston Miami mexico Cuba Mexico, Canada New York United States, PACIFIC OCEAN, Miami mexico Cuba Mexico, Atlantic, Eastern Pacific, OCEAN United States, OCEAN United States Los Angeles Houston mexico Mexico, Eastern, North America, Pacific, Madison, Florida, United States, Florida’s Big Bend, Cuba, Caribbean, Cancun, Gulf, Mexico, Bend, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida , Georgia, North Carolina, California, Peninsula, Baja California, Southern California, Death, Acapulco
ILION, N.Y. (AP) — A gun factory in upstate New York with a history stretching back to the 19th century is scheduled to close in March, according to a letter from the company to union officials. RemArms, the current version of Remington Arms, will close its facility in the Mohawk Valley village of Ilion around March 4, according to the letter sent Thursday. The plant currently employs about 270 workers, according to union officials. The factory site in the village dates to 1828, with many of the current buildings constructed early in the 20th century. The current company no longer makes the Bushmaster AR-15 rifles used to kill 20 first-graders and six educators in the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut in 2012.
Persons: RemArms, Sandy, Cecil E, Robert, Organizations: Remington, Observer, Dispatch, Investors, Roundhill Group, Owners, Union, United Mine Workers of America International Locations: New York, Mohawk, Ilion, Utica, Sandy Hook, Connecticut, Lenoir City , Tennessee, Georgia
I didn't grow up giving a lot of gifts, and I've never been excited about getting more things. I spend my gift giving budget on big experiences, like a trip to my fiancée's favorite Broadway show. I spend my money on a big experience instead of small giftsI take inspiration from my fiancée. I found a $99 flight to New York and got us tickets to see the Waitress together, which ended up being our last big trip before the pandemic. When the pandemic hit, I still wanted to provide special experiences for my fiancée.
Persons: I've, , I'm, Lush Organizations: Service, Quicken Locations: New York
[1/2] Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan testifies before a House Financial Services Committee hearing titled: "Holding Megabanks Accountable: An Examination of Wells Fargo's Pattern of Consumer Abuses" in Washington, U.S. March 12, 2019. Sloan in the lawsuit filed in California state court says Wells Fargo canceled stock awards and withheld a bonus he had earned before stepping down. Wells Fargo in a statement said that "compensation decisions are based on performance, and we stand by our decisions in this matter." Sloan led Wells Fargo from 2016 to 2019, when he became the second chief executive to step down over claims that the bank had opened millions of unauthorized consumer accounts. Sloan accused Wells Fargo of breach of contract and, along with the $34 million, is seeking unspecified damages for emotional distress and punitive damages.
Persons: Tim Sloan, Erin Scott, Sloan, Wells, Wells Fargo, Sloan's, David Lowe, Francoise Brougher, Daniel Wiessner, Diane Craft Organizations: Wells, Financial, REUTERS, Former Wells Fargo & Co, Federal Reserve, Tesla, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, California, Wells, Wells Fargo, Sloan's San Francisco, Albany , New York
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